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Kyrgyz President Orders Review Of Past Border Agreements, Amid Tensions

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev has ordered the government to review international border agreements signed by previous administrations amid recent tensions with neighboring countries.

At a meeting with Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev on August 24, Atambaev said that some border agreements with neighboring countries had been signed without transparency and the endorsement of the people and the parliament.

Atambaev said past border agreements play "a negative role in current efforts to defend Kyrgyzstan's national interests."

Atambaev's order comes amid recent tensions on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border.

On August 22, seven Uzbek border guards entered disputed territory along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border in the southern region of Jalal-Abad. Negotiations are being held between Kyrgyz and Uzbek border officials to resolve the issue.

About 300 of the 1,000-kilometer-long Kyrgyz-Uzbek border has remained in dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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